SLC Airport Sleep Pods & Suites (Pick Suites)

If you have a layover at Salt Lake City Airport, sleep options at the airport are minimal and in this guide, and I have provided a detailed guide including the much-talked-about sleep pods at SLC Airport. SLC Airport is one of the busiest airports in the US, serving over 21 million passengers annually.

The airport is a major hub for Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines and is served by a number of other airlines as well. It has one terminal and two concourses (A & B). It is a relatively small airport and is easy to navigate.

Are there airport sleeping techs (pods or Minute Suites) at Salt Lake City Airport?

Unfortunately, Salt Lake City Airport does not offer the convenience of state-of-the-art sleep pods like those developed by GoSleep. However, there is some good news. In the Fall of October 2023, Minute Suites announced the introduction of seven sleep suites in Concourse A near Gate A33. These suites, akin to GoSleep pods, embody cutting-edge sleep technologies that are revolutionizing bustling airports. You now have the option to indulge in paid-per-use naps or enjoy a restful slumber in their Flexibeds.

In the announcement, Minute Suites indicated that this is their first location in Utah and that its opening of Minute Suites in SLC Airport aligns with SLC Airport’s expansion project which seeks to bring more amenities to customers flying through this airport.

I wasn’t able to find information on whether SLC was in the process or even plans to install GoSleep pods or the revolutionary sleep capsules available in airports such as Bangkok. I’ll be sure to update this post if and when sleep pods are available.

Minute Suites in Salt Lake City Airport:

As mentioned above, there are now 7 sleep suites in SLC Airport provided by Minute Suites. This was the 15th location where Minute Suites has installed its innovative sleep technology that incorporates premium bedding, privacy shades, and a sound masking system.

The suites can also be used as a private workspace during the day and they put it correctly on this blog that Minute Suites are “designed as a place to get work done in peace, escape the hustle of the airport, and recharge before your next flight.

Snapshot from Minute Suites blog announcing the opening of SLC Minute Suites
Snapshot from Minute Suites blog announcing the opening of SLC Minute Suites

According to Minute Suites’ Co-Founder and Director Daniel Solomon, it seems that Minute Suites has formed a partnership with Delta, which operates from Concourse A. Solomon expresses excitement about collaborating with Delta at SLC to provide the best service possible to their passengers.

Location of Minute Suites in SLC:

Minute Suites got a boost with Delta’s acceptance to let it operate from Concourse A that Delta operates from. The 7 Minute Suites at SLC are conveniently located in Concourse A, Level 2, between Gate A31 and A33. To the left of Minute Suites SLC, you’ll find the Utah Jazz Pro Shop, and to the right, there’s the Hugo Coffee Shop and Blue Iguana, as depicted in the image below.

Snapshot showing location of Minute Suites in SLC Airport
Snapshot showing the location of Minute Suites in SLC Airport

Amenities:

  • A chair that converts into a bed – called Flexibed
  • A table to get work done
  • Charging ports
  • Pillow
  • Flight tracker
  • WiFi
  • Noise-free room

Cost of Sleep Suites in SLC

At Minute Suites, you can enjoy a minimum stay of one hour for $48, with the option to purchase additional 15-minute increments(each increment costing $12). It will cost you $48 to book the minimum which is 1 hour period. After that first hour, you need to add $48 for each additional hour, or can book an extended 8-hour stay for $175.

Below is a snapshot from Minute Suites’ website showing its pricing:

Pricing for SLC Airport Minute Suites
Pricing for SLC Airport Minute Suites

You’ll need to create an account on Minute Suites’ website to book a suite to sleep in. Below is a snapshot of a typical form you’ll fill as you create an account;

Creating account to book Minute Suites in SLC Airport
Creating account to book Minute Suites in SLC Airport

Additional Guide on Sleep Pods

What is a sleeping pod?

While not available in SLC, I thought it might be best to include some info about sleeping pods here.

A sleeping pod is a private space that you can rent by the hour or day to sleep, work, or relax in. Pods are usually located in airports, hotels, or other public spaces.

They are designed to be comfortable and quiet, with many featuring amenities such as Wi-Fi, charging stations, reading lights, and privacy curtains.

In appearance, they look like cocoons or small rooms, and some even have beds.

Sleeping pods are becoming increasingly popular as a way to get some rest during long layovers or delays. They offer a respite from the hustle and bustle of the airport and can help you feel more refreshed for your onward journey.

Below is an image of Gosleep pods which are installed in airports such as JFK, Heathrow, Schiphol, Perth, and Dubai Airports. US Airports such as LAX, Denver sleep pods, Seattle, and CLE, among others don’t have these pods yet;

Image of Gosleep sleep pods: Credit- Gosleep website
Image of Gosleep sleep pods: Credit- Gosleep website

Gosleep, the company that has pioneered sleeping pod innovations in airports is actually European, not American. It is founded by Finnish entrepreneurs and Helsinki is their model airport.

Read more about Gosleep on its website here.

Amenities in a sleeping pod:

  1. Bed
  2. Wifi
  3. Privacy curtain
  4. Charging station
  5. Reading light

How much do sleep pods cost?

Sleep pods can be rented per session – could be minutes or hours. Prices vary depending on the location, time of day, and length of stay. They typically cost between $25 and $50 per hour, with discounts for longer stays. Companies such as Sleep n Fly in Dubai, Minute Suites in Atlanta and GoSleep in Heathrow charge rates such as $48 for the first hour and about $20 to $30 for each additional hour.

While there are no pay-per-use sleep cabins at Salt Lake City Airport, you can expect to pay upwards of $120 for a 4-hour block. This is close to the amount you’d pay to book a hotel within SLC airport or at airports close to to the SLC airport.

If you are on a budget, it makes sense to compare the cost of a sleeping pod with the price of a hotel room. If you are looking for the cheapest option, there are some things to consider such as the location of the airport, how long your layover is, and whether you will need transportation to and from the airport.

Does Salt Lake City have sleeping pods?

No. Unfortunately, Salt Lake City International Airport does not have any sleeping pods or pay-per-use sleep cabins. Aside from Minute Suites, the only other option for those looking for a place to sleep at the airport is to book a hotel room within the airport or at one of the nearby airports.

Another recommendation in place of sleep cabins at SLC airport is the Delta Sky Club lounge which doesn’t have sleep cabins per se but has comfortable couches and lounges you can rest in.

A recent reviewer said that security shuts down “early,” but you can still find access to the airside late at night in Terminal 1. From what people are saying, it seems like Concourse B in Terminal 1 is the best place to sleep if you’re looking for potential sleeping spots. If you want to be comfortable while spending the night in this airport, experts recommend bringing extra layers or a travel blanket, earplugs/noise-canceling headphones, and eyeshades.

Why Book a sleep pods over a hotel room – 5 reasons:

  1. Convenience: If you have an early morning flight, it can be more convenient to stay at the airport overnight rather than travel to and from a hotel. This is especially true if the airport is located far from the city center.
  2. Baggage: If you are traveling with baggage, it can be more convenient to stay at the airport and not have to worry about transporting your bags to and from a hotel.
  3. Time: If you have a long layover, it may make more sense to stay at the airport rather than spend time traveling to and from a hotel.
  4. Cost: Depending on the location, sleeping in an airport can be cheaper than booking a hotel room
  5. Privacy: If you want more privacy than what a hotel room can offer, a sleeping pod may be a better option.

Where can I Sleep at SLC Airport?

Your best spot to sleep at Salt Lake City Airport is on Level 5 of the Terminal 1 Parking Garage. This is a public space that is open 24 hours a day and has plenty of comfortable seating. It also offers great views of the airport runways.

If you are looking for a more private space to sleep, there are several hotels located near the airport. The closest hotel to the airport is the Residence Inn Salt Lake City Airport. This hotel offers a free shuttle to and from the airport, as well as complimentary breakfast.

Other hotels located near the airport include the Hampton Inn & Suites Salt Lake City Airport, the SpringHill Suites Salt Lake City Airport, and the Courtyard by Marriott Salt Lake City Airport. These hotels are all located within a few miles of the airport and offer free shuttle service to and from the terminals.

Sleep Pods Alternative #1: Salt Lake International Airport Hotels:

Hyatt Place:

  • Offers free airport shuttle service, 24/7 dining options
  • Rating on Tripadvisor: 4/5 by over 1,400 customers
  • Pricing: around $120 per night

The Hyatt Place is located just minutes from the Salt Lake City International Airport and offers a free 24-hour shuttle to and from the airport. The hotel also has an on-site restaurant, fitness center, and business center. Guests can enjoy complimentary breakfast each morning of their stay.

Hyatt, Radisson, and Courtyard are some of the top choices that you can explore and be guaranteed to get the value for your money.

Check today’s rates to book Hyatt Place on Tripadvisor here

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham :

  • Offers 24-hour free shuttles to and from SLC Airport
  • Rating on Tripadvisor: 3.5/5 from 1300 + customers

The Microtel Inn & Suites is located just 1.5 miles from the Salt Lake City International Airport and offers a free shuttle to and from the airport. The hotel also has an on-site fitness center and business center. Guests can enjoy complimentary breakfast each morning of their stay.

As of late 2022, this is the cheapest airport hotel that you can comfortably book and forget entirely about the sleep box/cabins. In fact, it is cheaper than some sleep pods as it costs around $90 for an entire night – up to 12 hours, compared to sleep pods’ fees which can be as low as $120 per 4-hour period.

Check the rates of Microtel Inn and Suites today here.

Courtyard by Marriott:

  • Offers free 24-hour shuttle to and from the SLC airport.
  • Rating on Tripadvisor: 4/5 by 500+ customers
  • Distance to airport: 3.6 miles

The Courtyard by Marriott is located just 1.7 miles from the Salt Lake City International Airport and offers a free shuttle to and from the airport. The hotel also has an on-site fitness center and business center. Guests can enjoy complimentary breakfast each morning of their stay.

This hotel charges $120 to $130 per night which is more expensive than other options such as Microtel Inn and Suites which go for about $90 but are in line with what you can expect to pay at pay-per-use sleep cabins. Check the rates today here.

Below are snapshots of this hotel’s positive reviews on Tripadvisor;

A Snapshot of #1 critical review of sleep pod alternative at SLC Airport
A Snapshot of #1 critical review of sleep pod alternative at SLC Airport
A Snapshot of #2 critical review of sleep pod alternative at SLC Airport
A Snapshot of #1 critical review of sleep pod alternative at SLC Airport
A Snapshot of #3 critical review of sleep pod alternative at SLC Airport
A Snapshot of #2 critical review of sleep pod alternative at SLC Airport

And of course you won’t miss a negative rating;

Radisson Hotel:

  • Offers free 24-hour shuttle to and from the SLC airport.
  • Rating on Tripadvisor: 3.5/5 by 1k+ customers

The Radisson Hotel is located just 2 miles from the Salt Lake City International Airport and offers a free shuttle to and from the airport. The hotel also has an on-site fitness center, swimming pool, and business center. Guests can enjoy complimentary breakfast each morning of their stay.

Airport Inn Hotel:

  • Offers 24-hour shuttle from and to SLC Airport
  • Rating on Tripadvisor: 3/5 by 500+ customers

The Airport Inn Hotel is located just 2 miles from the Salt Lake City International Airport and offers a free shuttle to and from the airport. The hotel also has an on-site restaurant, fitness center, and business center. Guests can enjoy complimentary breakfast each morning of their stay.

Check out more Salt lake City Airport hotels here.

Sleep Pods Alternative #2 at SLC: Aiport Lounges

Delta Sky Club Lounge:

Another option aside from sleeping pods is to use the airport lounges at SLC. Unfortunately, only Delta Sky Club Lounge is operational at SLC and is located at Concourse A, Level 2, east of the new Airport Plaza.

To access it, you must have a Delta Sky Club membership or an American Express Platinum card. If you don’t have any of those, you can purchase a one-day pass for $59.

The lounge has plenty of comfortable seating, as well as workstations with power outlets, complimentary WiFi, and TV monitors. The lounge also offers complimentary snacks and beverages, as well as a full bar (for a fee).

Alternative #3: Make a DIY Bed and sleep on the benches:

If you don’t want to spend any money and are just looking for a place to crash for a few hours, you can always make your own bed on one of the airport benches. There are plenty of benches throughout the airport, so you should be able to find one that’s comfortable enough to sleep on.

Just make sure to set an alarm so you don’t miss your flight!

FAQs

What are the best places to stay in Downtown Salt Lake City?

The best places to stay in Downtown Salt Lake City are the Marriott City Center, Residence Inn by Marriott Salt Lake City Downtown, and Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City.

What are the best places to stay near the airport?

The best place to stay near the airport is at the Comfort Suites Airport which is located just 1.9 miles away from SLC Airport. This hotel is highly rated with an average of 4.5/5 and offers free airport pick up at a price factored into the cost of the hotel room which doesn’t exceed $110. This price is in line with Sleep pods’ 4-hour block pricing which is usually around $120. Tripadvisor ranks this hotel top 8 among 87 it tracks as part of SLC airport hotels.

Check rates of this hotel here.

Does Salt Lake City Airport close at night?

No, Salt Lake City operates 24 hours a day and doesn’t close around midnight as other smaller airports in the US do. You should, however, remember that if you’re flying out early in the morning, check-in counters and security checkpoints usually open 2-3 hours before your flight.

Is there a Centurion Lounge at Salt Lake City Airport?

As of 2022, there is no Centurion Lounge at Salt Lake City Airport. The only airport lounge that’s operational at SLC is the Delta Sky Club Lounge located at Concourse A, Level 2, east of the new Airport Plaza.

Are there Minutes Suites at Salt lake City International Airport?

No, there are no Minute Suites at Salt Lake City International Airport. Similar to Gosleep’s sleep pods, Minute Suites which started off in Atlanta hasn’t yet launched its sleep cabins at SLC. From Minute Suites’ website, there is no indication that their sleep cabins will be available at SLC Airport soon.

Are sleep pods safe?

Sleep pods are generally safe as they provide a secure and comfortable space for you to catch some shut-eye. However, it’s always important to be aware of your surroundings and take precautions when traveling, especially if you’re solo.

When using a sleep pod, make sure to keep your valuables close to you and avoid putting them in the storage space provided as it might not be completely secure. It’s also a good idea to let a friend or family member know where you’ll be sleeping in case of an emergency.

Will security allow me to sleep overnight at Salt Lake City Airport?

Yes, security will allow you to sleep overnight at Salt Lake City Airport. On its website, SLC doesn’t indicate that it prohibits passengers looking to take some short naps in its benches. While it doesn’t have designated sleep areas, you can always find yourself a spot(though it may be uncomfortable) to sleep at night during your layover. Check more details on SLC’s website here.

If I have a layover at SLC, what are top 10 fun things to do?

If you have a layover at Salt Lake City International Airport and are looking for ways to kill some time, here are 10 fun things you can do:

  1. -Visit the Hogle Zoo: The Hogle Zoo is located about 8 miles from the airport and is a great place to see some animals. Admission starts at $15.95 for adults and $11.95 for children.
  2. -Take a tour of the Great Salt Lake: The Great Salt Lake is located about 30 miles from the airport and is the largest saltwater lake in the Western Hemisphere. You can take a tour of the lake on a boat or from one of the many observation decks. Admission starts at $9 for adults and $6 for children.
  3. -Visit the Natural History Museum of Utah: The Natural History Museum of Utah is located about 4 miles from the airport and is a great place to learn about the state’s natural history. Admission starts at $12.95 for adults and $9.95 for children.
  4. -Visit the Utah Museum of Fine Arts: The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is located about 4 miles from the airport and is a great place to see some art. Admission is free.
  5. -Take a tour of Temple Square: Temple Square is located in downtown Salt Lake City and is home to the LDS Temple and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Tours of the square are free.
  6. -Visit the Tracy Aviary: The Tracy Aviary is located about 3 miles from the airport and is a great place to see some birds. Admission starts at $9 for adults and $6 for children.
  7. -Visit the Red Butte Garden: The Red Butte Garden is located about 5 miles from the airport and is a great place to see some flowers and plants. Admission starts at $12 for adults and $8 for children.
  8. -Take a hike in Millcreek Canyon: Millcreek Canyon is located about 15 miles from the airport and is a great place to go hiking. Admission is $3 per car.
  9. -Visit the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum: The Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum is located about 1 mile from the airport and is a great place for kids to learn and play. Admission starts at $9.95 for adults and $7.95 for children.
  10. -See a show at the Encircle Gallery: The Encircle Gallery is located about 2 miles from the airport and is a great place to see some art. Admission is free.

What are the best places to eat at Salt Lake City Airport?

Some of the best places to eat at Salt Lake City Airport include La Tapenade Mediterranean Café, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, and Café Zupas. La Tapenade Mediterranean Café offers a variety of Mediterranean dishes, Five Guys Burgers and Fries specializes in American comfort food, and Café Zupas is a great place to get a healthy meal. There are also several fast food options available at the airport, including McDonald’s, Chick-fil-A, and Subway.